I would like to buy a ticket for the train 69 going from Bangkok to Nong Khai. I read the seat 61 advice, but still wanted to ask you.
1- If I buy it through an agency, the extra fees will be very high. Isn't possible to buy it online directly without paying any fee? Further, would it be possible to pick up the ticket at the train station? I will have to take the train on the same day I am arriving to Bangkok
2- I try to send an email to the firstname.lastname@example.org , but they seem to take a lot of time to answer. Is it reliable?
3- Is it possible to call the train station and reserve a ticket?
Thank you very much for your help
#1 Boulos has been a member since 26/4/2011. Posts: 4
I've taken the train several times from Bangkok, and I've always bought the ticket on the train station a couple of hours before the train leaves.
Is your reason for pre-buying it is because you have serious time constraints and desperately need to leave at a certain time? If so I'm unsure as whether trains fill up (I've never experienced this). But if it's not the end of the world to wait a couple of hours ( or a day at most ) I would say the most hasslefree way is to just buy the ticket in person.
#3 Remedy has been a member since 25/7/2009. Posts: 31
I actually arrive in Bangkok at 8am. Of course, the best for me would be to go directly to the train station and buy a ticket.
However, I read on some forums that if I wait to buy on the day, most probably, I will not find any places for sleepers coaches, but only hard seat third class.
Do you think that this is accurate?
Thank you very much
#4 Boulos has been a member since 26/4/2011. Posts: 4
If you're going to be traveling during a holiday, such as Christmas or New Year, or any of the Thai holidays, then it is very unlikely that you'll get a sleeping berth on the day you arrive.
Last year I had a friend in Bangkok trying to get me a couple of tickets to Nong Khai for 5-6 weeks prior to my arrival between Christmas and NYE. The best she was able to do was January 4th, about a week after I arrived. Every single train going in just about every direction during that time was completely full.
Who knows? You might get lucky. Someone may not show up.
If you're not traveling during a peak travel time, then you'll probably be alright.
Otherwise, rather than waiting around all day, if you can't get a ticket you might just want to head to Morchit and get a bus. You'll get there even sooner. It's around 9-10 hours.
Or, fly to Udon Thani. You won't even have to leave the airport. It's an hour flight!
I've definitely seen sleeper berths fill up on non-holidays, and I've also taken the last sleeper berth the morning of my departure, on a weekday. I wouldn't count on getting a sleeping berth buying the ticket on the same day. I would count on being able to get some kind of ticket. I've ridden 2nd class tickets on the ordinary express train from Nong Khai to Bangkok, and it's a very different experience -- crowded, noisier, and a different smell, though still possible to sleep. The website was the best way to get tickets, but I've also bought them from Traveller2000 and remember the added fee as being very reasonable. I believe they can leave the ticket at the station for you. If you do book your ticket in advance, I would recommend asking for a lower 2nd class berth to get the long window.